Sarah O’Donovan believes the new senior manager David Herity can bring Dublin camogie to the next level.
The five-time All-Ireland winner with Kilkenny took the job following the departure of Shane O’Brien. O’Donovan admits she was struck immediately by the high standards demanded from the new manager.
The Girls in Blue face Cork in the opening game of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League on Saturday.
O’Donovan, herself an All Ireland winner with the Rebellettes says a quiet confidence surrounds the squad ahead of the clash:
“What he’s brought this year is a clarity of play from the outset, we’ve been working with Shane O’Brien for two years and he changed the culture.
“We understood from working with him the level of commitment to be an inter-county player, and now with David it’s about actually clarifying how we want to train as a team.
“We’re finding our own style with David and he’s been bringing that in the last few months.”
O’Donovan has tasted success at the top level, a two time All Ireland winner she reached the summit of her sport in the red of Cork.
Having won All Irelands with the county in 2005 and 2006, she knows what it takes to go all the way, and O’Donovan reckons Dublin have the talent to do the same:
“Certainly from my experience, the players are there, there is a belief there that was absent in previous years and that comes from going to Cork in 2014 and losing by 37 points.
“That’s going to suck the life out of players in one sense, when Shane came in after that drubbing, the following year pretty much 5 months later in February we lost to Cork by 5 points, that was a 32 point turnaround.
“From that point that is where things started to go up and we’ve been on an upward curve since, so that belief has been growing in the last two-years.”